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2019 Buc Days Parade rules and new route

Posted at 4:06 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 23:17:15-05

Buc Day Parade officials have released the 2019 Buc Days Navy Army Night Parade route.  In a press release today, officials say the construction of the new Harbor Bridge impeded the old route along Leopard Street.  The parade will not utilize the crossover section at Crosstown and Leopard Street.  This year, the parade will still go on for 2.5 miles however it will start at the American Bank Center and end at the intersection of Staples Street and Buford Street.

The Buc Days Navy Army Night Parade will begin at the American Bank Center Convention Center and travel South on Chaparral to Schatzell Street.  It will turn West on Schatzell Street, up the bluff and continue West on Leopard Street to N. Staples St.   Another turn will be taken at N. Staples St., and will head South on N. Staples St. to end on Buford.

Maps can be found on for both the Night Parade and the Junior Parade.

Print out a copy of the route map here:  Buc-Days-Parade-Route-2019



PRIOR TO 5:00pm on Friday, May 3rd – Parade viewing spots may be marked from SCHATZELL STREET TO BUFORD STREET.   Mark your spots with chalk only.  NO PAINT OR TAPE PLEASE.  Under no circumstances may parade spots be marked in such a way as to leave lasting markings or damage to the viewing spot.

AFTER 5:00pm on Friday May 3rdParade viewing spots may be marked with chalk and stakes/rope from SCHATZELL STREET TO BUFORD STREET.  All must be removed immediately following the parade.  You may also begin “camping out” for the Saturday night parade at this time.

You may park in front of a private residence or business on the public sidewalk only if you have permission from the owner.

Parade Viewing on CHAPARRAL STREET to SCHATZELL STREET is walk up, day of viewing only beginning at 8am, May 4th, 2019.

Some other frequently asked questions:

  1. Is it permissible to consume alcoholic beverages along the parade route?
    Yes, so long as all existing laws and ordinances are met. Public intoxication and drinking under the legal age limit are not permissible and subject to arrest or citation.
  2. Are portable bathrooms provided by the city or the Buccaneer Commission for public use?   Individual may, at their own expense, bring a portable toilet to their parade viewing site after 5:00 pm on Friday preceding parade for the exclusive use of their party but may NOT charge the public for use of that portable toilet without securing a parade vending permit from the City.
  3. May I sell food, beverage or novelty products along the parade route?
    Not without securing a parade vending permit from the Buccaneer Commission. Contact the office at 361-882-3242 for a parade vending permit.
  4. How is the best way to dispose of my trash at the end of the parade?
    It is the responsibility of each parade attendee to remove their trash at the end of the parade. Litter laws are in effect and may be enforced. Complimentary trash bags are distributed by the Buccaneer Commission prior to the start of the parade which may be filled and secured by tying the bag shut and left along the street for the City Clean Up Crew to gather post event.